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TUESDAY EDITION: Hamvention draws 30,000...Top Ten Steps for Successful Portable QRP Operation (buy an amplifier and cut to the chase). I could never figure out the joy of walking up a  mountain fighting black flies, sweating, and setting up a qrp station. Stay the hell home, close to the kitchen and bathroom and have some QRO fun in comfort with a real antenna.....

A tube with my name, I better look in to my past ancestors.....

Kids are hams too

The Xenia Daily Gazette reports ham radio has no boundaries as there are operators all over the world, there are also no age parameters just ask 10-year-old Riley Lorang

The newspaper says:

The 10-year-old from San Jose, California, obtained his Tech license KN6JWW at age 8 and his general license last summer when he was 9. He actually started getting into it as a first grader but kind of let it go until the last couple years.

“I always wanted to play with the radios with all the buttons,” he said when asked what got him interested in amateur radio.

This is his first Hamvention.

The Wagner siblings — Bernadette, Benedict, and Agnes — are a little more experienced in Hamvention, attending their first in 2019 before COVID shut things down for a couple years. Benedict, 13, has been licensed for four years. Bernadette, 15, and Agnes, 12, have had their licenses for three years.

“I went to meetings with my dad and I thought it was fun,” Benedict AD8FQ said.


His favorite part of amateur radio is participating in contests where he and others in his club try to contact as many people as possible from a specific place.

Agnes AD8IR took the lead from her brother and some friends who were ham operators.

“I thought it wold be cool to talk to my friends,” she said. “I like to play with the digital modes.”

Read the full story at

Space Telecoms

Two military satellites recently exchanged more than 200 gigabits of data over a distance of about 100 kilometers using laser communication in space. Satellites generally do not communicate directly with each other. Instead, they use radio signals to transfer data down to a ground station on Earth, which then relays this data to another satellite. Optical terminals between satellites are considered to be faster and more secure. The two satellites, named Able and Baker, were launched last summer by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Blackjack project.

A much slower data transfer takes place under more challenging conditions when communicating with humanity's outpost beyond our solar system. NASA engineers are investigating anomalous telemetry data produced by the venerable space probe Voyager 1. They are now trying to debug the probe, a formidable task as data flows from Voyager at 160 bits per second, and signals take 20 hours and 33 minutes to reach the probe. A Wednesday announcment states that the probe is operating normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, and still doing science and phoning home with data. But Voyager 1’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS), that helps point the probe’s antenna towards Earth, does not currently reflect what’s actually happening onboard. NASA says the AACS data may appear to be randomly generated, or does not reflect any possible state the AACS could be in. The good news is that the craft is still doing fine. It’s not needed to enter safe mode and its signal is still strong, so it appears the main antenna is properly aligned even if system data suggests otherwise.

In their latest weekly news bulletin AMSAT announced the publication of a detailed paper which describes the reception of the Tianwen-1 Chinese Mars mission carried out by AMSAT-DL using the 20 meter dish at Bochum Observatory in Germany. A real-time GNU Radio decoder has been used to receive and store telemetry almost every day over the course of 10 months. Some of the telemetry variables, such as the trajectory information, have been successfully interpreted and used to track the progress of the mission. A PDF of the report is available for download at www.amsat.org .

Boone County ham radio ops to connect with operators across north America

Ham radio operators from the Central Missouri Radio Association will participate in ARRL Field Day June 25 and 26, a national amateur radio exercise. The annual event includes hams from across North America who establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate skill and service.

ARRL Field Day aims to highlight ham radio's reliably under any conditions from near any location and create an independent, wireless communications network. Hams in Boone County will be set up in a variety of radio station locations, including homes, backyards and other locations to individually operate the radios. Many ham radios are portable using alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries.

Bill McFarland, ARES emergency coordinator, said this year’s event is particularly noteworthy with the active hurricane season as hams have a history of being serving being communities way of communication when storms and disasters damage communication infrastructures like cell towers.

ARRL Field Day was first organized in 1933 by the National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States. The event had more than 18,000 participants in 2020 and there are more than 750,00 amateur radio licensees in the United States.


MONDAY EDITION: Good morning...USA giving 40 billion aid to Ukraine and we can't find baby formula for our own kids, just "Riding with Biden"....$5 a gallon for gas, spiking food prices..life is just peachy under this administration...Erin Brockovich visits Maine to help residents prepare mass tort action over forever chemicals, proving that she isn't a fictional character and she isn't dead...A surge in Navy deserters could be a sign of a bigger problem for the military

Florida broadcasts Ukraine war news on shortwave

CBS News reports a farm in central Florida has become one of the largest shortwave radio operations in the world  

Using Cold War era radio technology called shortwave, Jeff White and his WRMI team are broadcasting unbiased information on the status of the Russian war on Ukraine to listeners in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. Miguel Amaya has more.

Watch the CBS news report at

QTC ham radio magazine available as free PDF

The May edition of the Radio Amateur Society of Australia magazine QTC is now available as a free PDF

This edition includes:
• Powerline noise and bushfire risk
• Establishing a remote HF station
• Why not use 1 kW...?
• QRN Guru
• How's your noise floor?
• The saga of the network switch and 20m QRM
• Low power wireless charging: friend or foe?

Download the May 2022 QTC PDF

The Space Weather Woman

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Radio amateurs assist after hotel gas explosion

Cuban radio amateurs assisted in the aftermath of the gas explosion on May 6 at the Saratoga Hotel, Havana

A translation of the post by Cuba's national amateur radio society FRC says:

Cuban radio amateurs have always distinguished themselves by their expressions of solidarity and their manifestations of help in the face of any disaster situation, going promptly wherever the presence of a helping hand or the deployment of their means of communication has been needed, all of which has contributed to the safeguarding of thousands of human lives and large material resources.

This happened with the presence of a group of 30 of our colleagues who from the provinces of Havana, Artemisa, Villa Clara and Pinar del Río, participated in the general actions of Logistics and rescue and rescue in the capital Hotel Saratoga, after the unfortunate accident destroyed much of the structure of this legendary tourist facility, and will also affect other nearby buildings.

Our colleagues exhibited the vast experience accumulated throughout our country, where they have given their support in the mobilizations of the Defense, the Civil Defense, in the presence of cyclones, various meteorological events, natural disasters and in as many opportunities as they have been summoned by the authorities of the country, integrating into the formations of the Emergency Network in all the municipalities of the nation.

On this occasion, after the first moments of knowing the explosion that occurred around 10:45 in the morning of May 6, it was not necessary to summon any of the 30 members of the Federation of Amateur Radio of Cuba (FRC), who joined the Rescue and Rescue actions in that fateful event; conscience, altruism and the desire to offer their solidarity help was leading them all to stay for almost a week working side by side with the rest of the professional rescuers and volunteers who filled that place.

It was this, according to the colleagues who attended there, which all have valued as the most important participation in an emergency operation, where they integrated the growing list of people who helped the rescue and rescue work and remained on firm foot until the location of the last of the victims in that tragic event, in which so far the chilling figure of 46 dead and 99 injured has been officially reported.

In the Saratoga Hotel a unique integration was seen, a uniform mass where this advanced radio amateurs arrived from the four mentioned provinces, merged in spirit, body and soul together with the professional forces of the Firefighters, Rescue and Rescue, Red Cross, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of the Interior, Armed Forces, Ministry of Construction, volunteers from the people of the capital and other territories of the country, with the primary objective of helping to save lives and contribute to the search for people who had been reported missing, many of whom had to be removed already deceased under the rubble.

All agree that the actions carried out by these combined forces showed a distinctive element that was of vital importance: unity, that unity to which our people have been called since the first moments of the triumph of the Revolution, the same unity that the President of the Republic reiterates in his calls in these difficult times that the heroic Antillean Island is going through.

There in the middle of a colossal effort where no one slept, where only the rest of a few minutes was possible, on site and among the incessant roar of the specialized machinery, everything was shared: every moment of sadness, every tear was shared with the relatives who approached and asked about the possible appearance of one of their own or a friend. They also shared the solidarity hugs, the pats on the shoulder so as not to faint, the food that in solidarity came from the hand of organizations and humble citizens who sent us as much provision as they could gather.

It was very difficult to distinguish, beyond the dusty uniform of the professionals, who were the radio amateurs, who were those of the Red Cross or Firefighters or Rescuers by trade, who of other formations; the faces all focused on the same objective, the debris and the ruins of the collapse, trying that the eyes and the thought itself could cross the cloud of dust originated by the machinery and tools used by the lifeguards in each removal of the rubble, actions these always surrounded by a very high quota of danger due to the situation in which the structures of the Saratoga Hotel and the adjoining building where both threatened total collapse.

In every event of our lives there is always some person who without intending it, and who by virtue of his qualities and his own drive becomes a leader to whom we must go to at least show us the first routes of the way; and in the case of the representation of the radio amateurs who went through the Saratoga, that role of leader corresponded to the capital Héctor Oscar Rivero Martínez (CM2SSS), from the municipality of San Miguel del Padrón. We saw that colleague unstoppable, indefatigable, moving from one side to the other, the same in logistics tasks, in the removal of debris, in the extraction of the bodies of fatal victims or in the attention and guidance of each of the radio amateurs who came to be integrated into the rescue and rescue actions.

So outstanding was also the role played by other radio amateurs such as the cases of Yunier Ramírez Elvírez (CL2YRR), tireless in his work as a frontline rescuer; Clemente Acosta Alomá (CL2CAA), who from his position in the Red Cross tent constantly approached radio amateurs, firefighters and the rest of his colleagues, worried about whether they were well cared for, if they needed water or food. And in a similar attitude we find Ilson Infante Brito, (CL2LEM), equally tireless and developing on any front of the actions in the Saratoga.

There we were present in each tour of our President and the other authorities of the country, there we were able to exchange directly with the First Secretary of the Party in Havana, comrade Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, who was explained first-hand about the presence and actions developed by the group of radio amateurs who were distributed in all the areas where the rescue and rescue tasks were undertaken.

There is no doubt that after the plane crash that occurred in March 2018, where 112 people lost their lives, the events that occurred at the Saratoga Hotel make it the greatest tragedy in Cuba in recent years, an event in which for obvious reasons of the place where it happened, it counted from the first moment and until the rescue tasks concluded last Thursday, May 12, with the assistance to the tasks of support of a tide of people among which were the radio amateurs.

There was then a representation of lovers of the world of radio, antennas and cables; there they went to give their contribution in a totally autonomous, spontaneous, voluntary way, without asking or expecting anything in return, as they have always done throughout history; there we saw them disguised as dust and debris residues; their bodies and clothes dirty from the relentless struggle day and night, demonstrating, far beyond any political conception, that Cuban radio amateurs are part of the fundamental unity that is inherited from the teachings of our Apostle José Martí.

It was for all the facts narrated here that we considered it appropriate to wait for the conclusion of all the actions in the Rescue and Rescue operation at the Saratoga Hotel, including the realization of the Vigil held on Friday night, to publish on our website WEB a review that summarized the modest but very outstanding contribution of the Radio Amateurs during all these sad but unforgettable days. Very deserved was the recognition that was made to this group of our colleagues in an interactive radio event held on the night of Saturday, May 14, when the Weekly Informative Bulletin Encuentro Capitalino served as a platform to listen to the anecdotes and considerations in the own voice of several of the protagonists of the provinces of Havana and Artemisa.

The list of radio amateurs who participated can be seen at

Ham Radio operators on the air for nationwide ARRL Field Day Event

Ham radio operators from the Portage County Amateur Radio Service will be in Freedom Township  participating in a national amateur radio exercise for a full 24 hours  from 2:00 pm on Saturday until 2:00 pm on Sunday, (June 25 – 26) at the Freedom Township Community Park (corner of State Route 700 and Streeter Road ). An annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States.

It’s not your Grandfather’s old radio hobby anymore. Ham radio has moved in to the 21st century and has an important role in the safety and well being of the community – locally, regionally, nationally and world-wide. During times of foul weather or infrastructure failures, Hams can communicate “When all else fails – Ham Radio Works”.

Hams from across North America participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.

The Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) will be taking part in the annual nation-wide Field Day event with temporary emergency style set ups at the Freedom Township Community Park (corner of State Route 700 and Streeter Road). There will be portable radio communication stations that include alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment. 

This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane and tornado seasons are predicted. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said President of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) Nick Wagner, callsign AC8QG. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others,” Wagner added. 

During Field Day 2021, more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and an estimated 3 million worldwide.

You can read more at:


WEEKEND EDITION: 55 and fogged in at 6am, the inland predicted 90+temps. It won't get that hot here on the rock....Since making its debut in 1952, the Hamvention, lovingly known to locals as Hamfest, has been a staple in the community. The last Hamvention in 2019 drew 32,462 attendees to the area from around the country, according to the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau. That's more than double the size of Xenia.

Foundations of Amateur Radio

The Thunder and Lightning that destroyed my station ...

The other day I was woken by the sound of a thunderclap. It was shockingly loud and came out of the blue. A few moments later, it happened again. I exploded out of bed, rushed to the shack, disconnected the beacon power and switched the antenna coax to 'safe'.

After breathing a sigh of relief, everything went dark and with it came the distinctive sound of the sudden death of the uninterrupted power supply taking with it my workstation.

With nothing else left to do, I reported the outage to the power company, went back to bed, pulled the covers over my head, snuggled in and surprisingly, slept pretty well despite the barrage of water hitting my QTH. The next morning the power was back on and I discovered that one of the residual current devices, the one that powered most, if not all, the wall sockets had tripped. I reset it and much to my surprise, most of my QTH came back to life.

I say most, because after breakfast I had a moment to switch on my radios and see what, if any, damage there was. I could hear and trigger the local repeater, but HF was strangely dead. I could hear the coax switches turning on and off, but the SWR on the antenna was high and it didn't appear that the antenna coupler was doing anything. It's powered remotely using a device called a Bias-T. You use two of them to transport a power supply voltage along your antenna coax. In my case, I inject 12 Volts in my shack, and extract the 12 Volts at the other end near the antenna where it powers the antenna coupler.

Occasionally the antenna coupler needs a reset, so I removed the power, waited a bit and reconnected. Still no response from the coupler, so I disconnected the power and left it for another time.

A few days later I had a moment to investigate further, so I went outside to check out the antenna and coupler. Both looked fine. I removed and reinserted the power, heard a click, but wasn't sure since a car came barrelling down the road at the same time, so tried again and heard nothing.

At this point I decided that this warranted a full investigation and started putting together a mental list of things I'd need. I wanted to test the coupler when it was isolated, I wanted to do a time-domain-reflectometry, or TDR test, to see if anything had changed. This test uses the RF reflection of a cable to determine its overall length and any faults like a cable break, high or low resistance and any joints. If you have a Nano VNA or an antenna analyser, you can do this test. It did occur to me that I didn't have a baseline to compare with, so that was disappointing, but I added it to the list.

First thing to test was to check if the radio had been affected. I turned it on, did the same tests and discovered that the Bias-T was still disconnected, which could explain why I didn't hear a click when I tested a second time. Armed with a level of confidence around power, I tried again to trigger the antenna coupler and got nothing, dread building over the potential loss of a radio in the storm, I set about swapping my HF antenna to another radio.

At this point I was reminded of an incident, 37 years ago, as a high school student during a class outing. My wonderful and inspirational physics teacher, Bart Vrijdaghs, took us to the local University where the head of the Physics Department of the University of Leiden gave us a tour of their facilities. He took us into a student lab full of oscilloscopes and tone generators and set-up a demonstration to show us how you could generate Lissajous figures. He was having some trouble making it work and with the impertinence reserved for teenagers I quoted a then popular IBM advertisement from 1985, "Of Je Stopt de Stekker Er In", which loosely translates to asking if he had plugged it in.

I can tell you, if looks could kill, I wouldn't be telling this story.

Suffice to say, it wasn't. Plugged in, that is.

Back to my HF antenna.

Yeah. It was already plugged into the other radio, so, unsurprisingly it was unable to send any RF to, or from, the first radio, much like some of the advanced telepathic printers I've had the pleasure of fixing during my help desk days a quarter of a century ago.

After all that, I can tell you that HF seems to work as expected. The beacon is back online and I have some work ahead of me to create some baseline TDR plots and perhaps a check-in, check-out board to keep track of what's plugged in where.

That and looking for another UPS, since keeping the computer it's connected to up and running, at least long enough to properly shut down, would be good.

What other lessons can you take away from lightning hitting nearby?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

QSO Today Bruce Prior, N7RR

Bruce Prior, N7RR, loves to operate SOTA in Washington State’s great outdoors where he has cataloged for SOTA all of the available mountain peaks in the state.

I had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon last week with Bruce in Washington, activating Mt. Walker in Washington’s Olympic Mountain range.

My first SOTA activation where I learned the basics of SOTA activation. This was a great opportunity to get to know my guest in this week’s QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

Radio hams mill about at John O'Groats

The John O'Groat Journal reports members of the Caithness Amateur Radio Society (CARS) took part in a contact event May 7-8 in the British mainland's most northerly mill at John O'Groats

Plans to transform John O’Groats Mill into a visitor attraction and community hub had a further boost with the visit by CARS members to use the historic building for contacting other ham radio enthusiasts.

Nigel Mansfield MM7BWT, CARS club secretary, said: "Called Mills on the Air, clubs all over the UK and Europe, operating from all types of mills, tried to raise as many contacts as possible through the medium of amateur radio.

"With thanks to the mill trust, we operated from the most northerly mill in mainland UK, John O'Groats corn mill, currently under restoration and a interesting location to work from. Using two radios and antenna’s we raised many contacts from mills in Europe and the UK."

Read the full story at

Technology neutral licences for phone companies

Ofcom and the RSGB developed the successful technology neutral amateur radio licence in 2006. Now Ofcom is proposing making mobile phone company licences technology neutral

Ofcom is consulting on proposed changes to certain spectrum licences held by Vodafone and Telefónica, which would allow them to deploy new technologies, including 5G.

Our licences specify technical parameters to which licensees must adhere, including the frequencies they may use and the maximum power they may transmit.

In response to requests from Vodafone and Telefónica, we are proposing changes to the technical conditions for the following mobile licences:

• Vodafone’s licences in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands to make them technology neutral, to enable the deployment of the next generation of mobile technologies; and
• Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s 2.6 GHz licences in the 2570 to 2620 MHz sub-band to relax the technical parameters between the two operators.

While the changes would vary these licences, we propose to make available similar changes to the licences of other licensees operating in these spectrum bands, if they so request.

The consultation closes on 1 July 2022, and we plan to publish our decision by September 2022.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report


SKEETER/ANCHOR: Our top story this week puts HF radio in the spotlight with some new recognition for its increased importance in national defense. In the United States, the military is exploring ways to expand its use of the HF bands in one region of the world. Kevin Trotman N5PRE has that report.

KEVIN: HF radio is making a comeback for the United States military, which has been struggling with reliable means of over-the-horizon communication in the Indo-Pacific. That massive region's communications needs are served largely by undersea fiber cables and satellites, both of which are deemed vulnerable to both deliberate and accidental damage. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is eyeing HF as a reliable backup should an interruption occur in either of the other two delivery modes.

Officials acknowledge that HF's slower data transmission rate and the military's use of a smaller bandwidth would not make HF ideal for fulltime connectivity but it is nonetheless a viable alternative when no other option exists.

According to an article in Signal, a publication of the nonprofit AFCEA, testing is already underway in the part of the Pacific that includes Malaysia, Australia, Fiji and Singapore. The Indo-Pacific Command's relief network has been testing HF out as part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief work, using a transmitter in Oahu.

Meanwhile, a combat communications squadron of the United States Air Force, based in Guam, is working with the single sideband shortwave transmitters of the Air Force High Frequency Global Communications System for voice communications.

Elsewhere, modes used in the annual Pacific Endeavor interoperability exercise are being widened to include newer HF technologies for basic data communications. One official told the Signal website that these actions are being taken to expand the mode's reliability.

Beyond compensating for satellite and fiber optic vulnerability, officials say they also look forward to the next generation of HF technology which will allow higher speeds and wideband transmission, making full-motion video possible for surveillance, airborne intelligence and related activities from the air.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: If you live in a hurricane-prone part of the United States - or you are interested in being of assistance, this next report from Sel Embee KB3TZD is for you.

SEL: The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida and the VoIP Hurricane Net will be conducting a test on May 28th that is designed to let amateurs everywhere evaluate their shack's storm-readiness. Propagation permitting, the Hurricane Watch Net W-X-4-N-H-C will be on the air on 7-decimal-268 MHz and 14-decimal-325 MHz from 1300 UTC to 2100 UTC. Postings on the spotting networks will indicate if operators need to QSY. The VoIP Hurricane Net will be active from 2000 UTC to 2100 UTC on I-R-L-P Node 9219 and EchoLink Conference Node 7203.

Atlantic hurricane season begins on the United States' East Coast on June 1st and continues through November 30th. During the test, operators will exchange signal reports, location information, and basic weather data.

W-X-4-N-H-C will also be on the air on VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and Winlink with the email address w x 4 n h c at winlink dot org (wx4nhc@winlink.org) The subject line must contain stroke stroke W L Two K ("//WL2K"). Contacts will also be made on Florida's Statewide Amateur Radio Network, the SARNet.

QSL cards will be available from Julio Ripoll, W-D-4-R.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, K-B-3-T-Zed-D.




SKEETER: The founder of chipmaker Qualcomm and a longtime AMSAT supporter has become a Silent Key. We hear more about him from Andy Morrison K9AWM.

ANDY: Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, cofounded Qualcomm, a company whose chips helped spur the success of wearable medical equipment, cellphones and other tech devices. The lifelong engineer and amateur radio operator was also a generous and enthusiastic supporter of AMSAT.

Franklin became a Silent Key recently and, according to several reports, his death was unexpected. His passing was announced on May 13th by Qualcomm, where he had been a leading force in their engineering departments. Qualcomm did not release the date or cause of his death. A philanthropist, Franklin recently gave a gift of $30-million to his alma mater, the University of California San Diego. He also made a $3-mllion donation to the Allen Telescope Array for a new broadband antenna feed for its work for the SETI Institute, which studies deep space for life beyond Earth. Franklin wrote AMSAT's popular Instant Track orbital software.

He was 69 years old.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Andy Morrison K9AWM.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: New hams in the UK have a whole array of new reasons to get involved, get on the air and get even more enjoyment out of amateur radio. A series of award certificates will be issued to help them mark each achievement they make in their new journey. Jeremy Boot G4NJH explains how it works.

JEREMY: Foundation licence holders in the UK can earn certificates that encourage them to move forward in their on-air activities and progress toward Intermediate and Full licence level. The Radio Society of Great Britain is calling the incentive program "Brickworks," because its goal is to build on the Foundation. Its national release two years ago was slowed by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown so the Society is breathing new life into it by actively encouraging clubs and individuals to sign up. With the assistance of local clubs, newcomers can mark their achievements by attending club meetings, writing software, undertaking construction projects, logging QSOs and getting involved in contests. Yes, even making a cup of tea for the next club meeting counts toward points. Certificates are available at the silver, gold, platinum and diamond level.

If you're interested in joining the programme, contact your nearest Brickworks club. There is a searchable map that serves as a Brickworks Club Finder, showing locations throughout the UK.

Clubs are also being encouraged to contact the RSGB to register and become accredited for the Brickworks programme. Previously registered clubs do not need to re-register.

Find the map and other details at rsgb dot org stroke brickworks (rsgb.org/brickworks)

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: There's more than one way to run a marathon, and as hams in North Carolina found out recently, some of the biggest winners in the race cross the finish line with their radios. George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU, brings us that report.

GEORGE: Spectators watching the New River Marathon on Saturday, May 14th applauded the winners as they crossed the finish line but some of the biggest honors went to the Ashe County Amateur Radio Club. Operating at the North Carolina race for the first time, club members provided realtime status of the racers and kept a close watch on competitors in distress. Paul Raiche (pronounced RAYSH), N1XI (N One Ex Eye), club president, said 11 amateurs covered nine support stops, operated two roving vehicles along the race routes and maintained a base station at the finish line. Operators used mobile radios on 2 meters simplex, with at least 50 watts of power. The base station had a vertical antenna raised 20 feet high.

Because this was the first time the club was responsible for coverage of the race, everything had to be just right. Paul said that even when something went wrong -- and one runner could not finish the course -- the hams were able to get to her within minutes after being notified that she needed help.

Paul said the race director, Ken Sevensky, told him afterward he heard [quote] "nothing but great things from both runners and volunteers about the job our club did." [end quote] For this group of enthusiastic first-time marathon supporters, it was good to be in the running even without lacing up those sneakers. Paul told Newsline: [quote] "We are hopeful that we will be invited back next year and our goal then will be to do an even better job than we did this year." [endquote]

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU.



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K5DUR repeater in Rowlett Texas on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.


SKEETER/ANCHOR: The nomination deadline is closer than you think for the Amateur Radio Newsline Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award. This honor is given to a young radio operator with the kind of skill and dedication so valued by Newsline's late cofounder Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. Perhaps one of these youngsters will be the next award recipient. Consider nominating an amateur radio operator 18 years of age or younger in the continental United States with talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio. Find application forms on our website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY" tab. Nominations close May 31st - and that is coming up fast.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: Are you headed to Hamvention? If you're looking for an inexpensive but extremely handy Hamvention souvenir, the Boy Scouts Venture Crew 73 has just what you need and Don Wilbanks AE5DW has what you need to know.

DON: Once again, the best Hamvention souvenir is one of the least expensive and most useful. It's the 2022 Hamvention lanyard available from the Boy Scouts Venture Crew 73, led by George Ewing, WD8NHI. As you get ready to pass inside the main gate at the Greene County Fairgrounds look for the Venture Crew tent. Go inside and for just $5 you can get your Hamvention 2022 lanyard and have your Hamvention ticket laminated to hang around your neck. No more fumbling for your ticket at the entrance to the tents and buildings, your ticket is right there and visible for security to see. Best of all, you can't lose your ticket! While you're at it go ahead get the full color Hamvention 2022 patch from the Scouts, also $5. This patch features a loop so you can hang it securely from, you guessed it, your lanyard! If you're in too much of a hurry to get inside the gate you can pass by booth 4011 in the building with the prize drum and get your lanyard and patch there. It also makes a great gift for your ham friends who couldn't make it to Hamvention this year and as gifts for the next club meeting or prizes for the next hamfest. Support Venture Crew 73 and get one of the most useful and least expensive items at Hamvention. That's a win all the way around.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks AE5DW.


SKEETER: TunBasel (Tunn Bah-Zull), an interactive adventure experience for young people in Switzerland, is encouraging children to engage in playful experiments with everything from soap to digital avatars to amateur radio. Youngsters from 7 to 13 years of age will combine recreation with learning in this science-focused environment over the course of several days. On May 22nd, the Union of Swiss Shortwave Amateurs, or USKA, will be among the presenters, which includes an array of noted universities. The hams will demonstrate shortwave, UHF and VHF communications and guide the children through a kit-building exercise. The TunBasel website says the event is designed to showcase and nurture young talent.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: The sometimes confusing task of figuring out the correct fee for an apparatus license in Australia could become a little less confusing soon. Graham Kemp VK4BB explains.

GRAHAM: Hams in Australia have a new tool to help them calculate the apparatus licence fee for their shacks. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a fee calculator available to help find what the AMCA is calling "the most cost-efficient licence option" for amateurs and holders of other radio licences. The fees relate to the operation of a radiofrequency transmitter or receiver.

The ACMA has said that the calculator will receive regular updates with respect to pricing and other options. For a link to the calculator, see the text version of this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

[FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: http://www.openspec.com.au/fee-calculator ]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: Congratulations to American Legion Post 289 in Clarksville, Tennessee where members recently formed an amateur radio club, joining other American Legion posts on the air. According to a story on the Clarksville Now website, Larry Johnson K4JOH, a member of the post, was one of the key people in getting the club established for the local military veterans' group. One of its big activities planned for later this year is to host the Boy Scouts' Jamboree on the Air in October with help from the Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society.

The American Legion's National Executive Committee approved amateur radio activities at its posts in 2011.




In the World of DX, members of the Voice of Toyoake Amateur Radio Club, JH2ZCW, are using the special callsign 8N2TY from Toyoake
City, Aichi, Honshu Island, AS-007, until November 30th. Operators are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Toyoake City. Be listening on 160m to 1.2 GHz where they will be using various modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or direct.

For signals from Cape Verde, listen for Pierre, HB9AMO, Philippe, HB9ARF, and Marco, HB9CAT, using the callsign D4Z from Sao Vicente Island, AF-086, during the CQWW WPX contest taking place on May 27th and 28th. QSL via LoTW. The station may also be on the air before and after the contest.

Listen for Rafael, EA5XV, who hopes to be on the air from Panama as EA5XV/HP1 between June 28th and September 12th. Listen for him on SSB. Send QSLs to his home call.

Fabian, DF3XY, will be active as 3B8/DF3XY from Mauritius, AF-049, between May 21st and June 2nd. Be listening on 40, 30 and 20 meters where Fabian will be using mostly FT8. QSL via DF3XY, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. Fabian also welcomes cards from shortwave listeners.

Koh, JA1ADT, will be on the air as JD1AJD from Ogasawara, AS-031, between June 24th and July 2nd. Listen on 20-6 meters where he will be using CW and FT8. His operation will concentrate on 6m for Europe and North America. Send QSLs to his home callsign.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: There will be recognition and honor for the Highland Amateur Radio Association when the ham world gathers at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio on the weekend of May 20th to 22nd. The southern Ohio club was named Hamvention Club of the Year. Just a week ago, however, club members themselves were the ones bestowing highest honors. They did so without formality or fanfare. Ralph Squillace KK6ITB has our final story.

RALPH: On Saturday, May 14th, carrying small American flags instead of radios, a dozen or so Ohio amateurs planted each one at a burial plot for more than a thousand military veterans at the city cemetery in Hillsboro, Ohio. It was a quiet act by the Highland Amateur Radio Association, which first stepped in three years ago when the local Scouts became unable to continue the tradition. John Levo, W8KIW, the club's public information officer, said many of the graves date back to the Revolutionary War. He said that this year, a flag was also placed at one of the newer graves: Vietnam veteran Floyd Colville, KD8SIK, a beloved club member who became a Silent Key late last year, having succumbed to the effects of Agent Orange. John said Floyd was one of those who worked side by side with the team, installing those same flags during the previous two years. Placed just two weeks shy of America's official observance of Memorial Day, the flags will stay in place until the summer is through. So too will the message each one carries — in this case, not in words transmitted over the air but delivered instead from the heart.

FRIDAY EDITION: A nice blast of heat arriving here on Cape Ann this weekend, long overdue....Members of the Caithness Amateur Radio Society (CARS) took part in a contact event at the weekend in the British mainland's most northerly mill at John O'Groats. Plans to transform John O’Groats Mill into a visitor attraction and community hub had a further boost with the visit by CARS members to use the historic building for contacting other ham radio enthusiasts. ...XENIA — After nearly three years, Hamvention is back. The convention is the world’s largest amateur radio gathering at Greene County Expo Center, according to the event’s website. Around 30,000 visitors are expected to come to the event from across the world. ...A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance. ....

Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, SK

Phil Karn, KA9Q writes: "Last night I got the sad news that Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, one of the founders of Qualcomm and my boss for most of my 20 years there, has passed away.

In recent years he'd turned to philanthropy, giving $30M to the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for a building named after him. The dedication was just two days ago, and he didn't show up.

He'd also donated $3M to the Allen Telescope Array for a new broadband antenna feed, but more importantly he had provided them with a lot of engineering management and guidance that will be impossible to replace.

AMSAT members probably know him best as the author of the Instant Track orbital tracking software that AMSAT sold for many years."

Bob McGwier, N4HY writes: Franklin and Mike Valentine donated money to AMSAT GEO P4B development that got us all the way to yes from the USAF and NASA. He was always after me to do more for SETI Institute and the Allen Telescope Array. He was instrumental in support of first four Microsats. When we got the flight computers, they arrived "some assembly required". He ordered the Qualcomm microelectronics lab to help fix the assembly issues with the first ever 8 layer boards flown to orbit. When we had things to discuss, we would ride around in his big white Cadillac convertible. The back seat was loaded with empty soda cans. He was infamous at Qualcomm for occasionally dumping many of the cans near his parking spot. The grounds crew was prepared and cleaned them up quickly.

Whenever I visited in the newer building that contained his office, he encouraged me to ride his Segway around the floor, where all the C suite offices were located.

I will miss this brilliant eccentric engineer. RIP Franklin.

RIP to a friend of AMSAT.

Man over-board

The NRRL News Bulletin details how a Norwegian radio amateur helped a sailor to be rescued.

In addition to being an avid radio amateur, Geir, LA5ZO is also an avid sailor. He is currently in port in Horta, on the island of Faial on the Azores with his Ocean Viking sailboat.

On Thursday evening at 2341 UTC he received an emergency call via Digital Selective Call (DSC) on 12 MHz. The call came from the Hong Kong registered Bulk Carrier M/V Shandong Fu Xin which is on its way from New Orleans on a course for the Panama Canal.

They reported a "Man Overboard" and stated their position as 27.39 degrees North and 88.49 degrees East. Geir checked the position on a the map and found that it had to be wrong. The given position was ashore in Bangladesh. He had the ship's MMSI number and searched for it on the MarineTraffic website. There he found the actual position, 88 degrees West instead of 88 degrees East, about 100 nautical miles South of New Orleans. He then phoned the US Coast Guard that cover the area. They had not received any DSC call and thanked for info and said they would call the ship on satellite phone.

On Friday Geir, LA5ZO read online that following a search the sailor had been found by an aircraft with a heat-seeking camera, and then been saved by a helicopter. He was wearing an inflatable working vest. This case ended well. One man's curiosity became another man's rescue.


DX News from the ARRL

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Fabian, DF3XY is QRV as 3B8/DF3XY until June 2. Activity is holiday style on 40, 30, and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

GUINEA, 3X. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY is QRV as 3X1A from Conakry. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, and on Satellite QO-100. His portable activities take place from the Los Islands, IOTA AF-051. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via Club Log.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Gerard, F5NVF, Abdel, M0NPT, and Luc, F5RAV will be QRV as C5C from Kololi from May 22 to June 8. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4, and on Satellite QO-100. On May 29, they plan to be QRV as C5B from Bijol Island, IOTA AF-060, from 0800 to 1600z. QSL direct to F5RAV.

ANGOLA, D2. Mikalai, UT6UY is working in the hospital in Cabinde. He is active as D2UY in his spare time on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using mostly CW. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator's instructions.

SPAIN, EA. Special event callsign EH40URV is QRV until May 29 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Union de Radioaficionados de Vizcaya. QSL via EA2URV.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Special event station EF0F/8 will be QRV from La Isla Bonita in the His Majesty King of Spain CW contest. QSL via bureau.

HUNGARY, HA. Special call HG0WFF will be QRV from the Hungarian Flora and Fauna reference HA FF 0025 Kesznyeten TK on May 21 and 22. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes with 20 operators active. QSL via HA0HW.

HAITI, HH. Members of the Radio Club d'Haiti are QRV as HH18MAI until May 23 to commemorate the creation of the flag of Haiti. QSL via N2OO.

ITALY, I. Members of the United Nations Global Service Centre ARC in Brindisi are QRV as 4U29MAY until May 31. QSL via 9A2AA.

MONGOLIA, JT. Andrey, R9YU and Gennady, R5QA are QRV as JV0YU from the Bayan-Olgii province until June 10. Activity is on 160 meters to 70 centimeters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via RW6HS.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Keijo, OG5O and Raili, OH2HOD will be QRV as OH0/OG5O and OH0/OH2HOD, respectively, from Lemland Island, IOTA EU-002, from May 21 to 27. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and FT4. QSL via LoTW.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Ryan, K0EFW is QRV as S9EFW until the end of May. Activity is on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

GREECE, SV. Erwin, DK5EW will be QRV as SV8/DK5EW from Santorini, IOTA EU-067, from May 23 to 28. Activity will be mainly on 2 meters using EME and Meteor Scatter. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Byron, KF8UN will be QRV as TA/KF8UN on May 23 and 24. Activity will be mostly on 20 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bob, WX4G will be QRV as V4/WX4G from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, from May 24 to 31. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4. He plans to be QRV as V48A in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Stewie, WV7MS is now QRV as V73MS from Kwajalein Atoll while working as a firefighter. Activity is in his spare time on 20, 17, and 15 meters between 0600 to 0900z. QSL via LoTW.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Mario, W4HBW is QRV as VP5MA from Providenciales Island, IOTA NA-002. Activity is on 80, 40, 17, and 10 meters using FT8. His length of stay is unknown. QSL direct to home call.

KOSOVO, Z6. Bodo, DF8DX and Rene, DL2JRM will be QRV as Z68QQ from Gjilan from May 23 to 30. They will be active as Z66BCC in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL Z68QQ via DF8DX and Z66BCC via DL2JRM.

The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest, UN DX Contest, NZART Sangster Shield 80-Meter CW Contest, YOTA Contest, His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest, EU PSK DX Contest, Arkansas QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Sprint are scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

THURSDAY EDITION: A Monkey Pox case in Massachusetts. WTF! It came from Africa, caught from an infected monkey to human....just what possesses a man to be fricking with a monkey?.....Marijuana sales over 3 billion in MA last year and now they want to open Cannabis Cafes, the rise and fall of a great nation....

Video: The importance of Ham Radio in disasters

Craig Fugate KK4INZ was FEMA Administrator during hurricane Katrina and saw firsthand how important radio amateurs are in a disaster

He gave this talk to the Coastal Plains Amateur Radio Club.

Watch Importance of Ham Radio in Disasters

The 415 Amateur Radio Club announces Summer Field Day

The 415 Amateur Radio Club of Crystal Lake, IL will celebrate its 5th Anniversary by again participating in the ARRL’s 2022 Summer Field Day.

The public is invited to attend this demonstration of Amateur “Ham” Radio. Multiple radio stations will operate between 1 pm Saturday, June 25th and noon Sunday, June 26th at 3208 Bay Road, Crystal Lake, IL.

The 415 Amateur Radio Club is a local group of licensed amateur radio operators. Our goal is to further the hobby of amateur radio, all while having fun. We invite you to visit us during our Field Day operations. If you are interested, you will have an opportunity to Get-On-The-Air using one of our on-site radios.

Please come join us to see what amateur radio has to offer. Amateur radio has something for everyone. Some of the many aspects include:

Communications via morse code, digital modes and voice, making new friends locally, within the United States and around the world.
You can also observe communications to the International Space Station and other satellites.
Slow Scan Television that allows you to share images you create via radio with other stations.
Plus, many other areas of operation.
Our Summer Field Day activities also serve as practice sessions to test our ability to operate under emergency conditions using temporary facilities and off-grid power so that we can provide emergency communications within our local communities as well as disaster relief throughout the United States. These services are critical when there is a loss of internet access or cell phone communications.

Amateur radio operators also provide public service communications for rallies and community events and they provide educational activities for young people and others interested in amateur radio.

We would be pleased to help you start the process of becoming a licensed amateur radio operator. If you would like more information, please send an email to GARY7753@yahoo.com .

Hamvention to kick off this weekend in Xenia; Thousands expected to attend

After nearly three years, Hamvention is back.

The convention is the world’s largest amateur radio gathering at Greene County Expo Center, according to the event’s website.

Around 30,000 visitors are expected to come to the event from all over the world.

Michael Kalter, the spokesperson for Hamvention, said that based on numbers from the Greene County Convention Visitors Bureau, Hamvention adds $30 million to the local economy.

He said amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is something people of all ages and backgrounds can be a part of, which is why he thinks the convention draws such a large crowd.

Kalter shared how it feels to bring so many people from around the world together. “That makes me feel really good,” Kalter told News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott. “I’m glad that the hobby seems to be really growing and flourishing,” he added.

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for this year’s convention. With thousands of people expected to attend, safety is a top priority. Before entering the convention center, people must have their bags checked. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department said they have prepared for the event.

Major Shawn Prall, with the sheriff’s office, said they have a plan in place to make sure traffic moves along smoothly as there are only two lanes to get to the grounds. Crews will also keep an eye on the weather, in case there is a chance for it to turn severe. Prall said this will be his fourth Hamvention and he has never had an incident. “We’re taking precautions, both that the public will see in uniform presence and also things that they can’t see. Just trying to keep everybody safe and be ready for any kind of incident, whether it be weather or manmade or anything like that,” Prall said.

The convention runs this weekend 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Amateur radio observations help monitor space weather

Amateur radio observations provide a new method for studying large-scale ionospheric disturbances and HF communication impacts, and are important applications in ionospheric space weather monitoring.

Large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs) are variations in the ionosphere with wavelengths greater than 1000 kilometers and periodicities between 30 minutes and 3 hours. Ionospheric electron density fluctuations associated with LSTIDs directly affect radio wave propagations passing through the ionosphere, and thus can be detrimental to telecommunication and satellite navigation systems.

Frissell et al. [2022] show how crowd-sourced amateur radio observations can be used to study the continental-scale ionospheric disturbances in the near-Earth space environment. They found that the LSTID signatures in the amateur radio data are well correlated with the observations made by professional scientific instruments, such as high frequency coherent scatter radars and ground GSP receivers. This study demonstrates that citizen science observations are vital to ionospheric research and monitoring.

Citation: Frissell, N. A., Kaeppler, S. R., Sanchez, D. F., Perry, G. W., Engelke, W. D., Erickson, P. J., et al. (2022). First observations of large scale traveling ionospheric disturbances using automated amateur radio receiving networks. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL097879. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL097879

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Beautiful start to the day here on the ocean. I just received my mooring bill for the boat, I guess I should at least think about getting it ready but I am sure we won't launch until late June. ...How about this clown, I bet he has a ham license....Yet another frivolous lawsuit...Solar-powered desalination device wins MIT $100K competition. Nona Desalination is developing a compact water-desalination device that requires less electricity than a cell phone charger.

Ham radio at tunBasel on May 22

Switzerland's USKA reports amateur radio will be demonstrated at an interactive exhibition in Basel for young people aged 7-13

A translation of the USKA post reads:

tunBasel is an interactive exhibition for children and young people (from 7 to 13 years of age) that awakens their interest in technology and the natural sciences in a playful way. Tinker, experiment and experience. tunBasel is an experience laboratory, an experience workshop, its own experience show. Careers in technology and science are very varied and exciting. It is important to introduce pupils to these subjects at an early age and in a playful way in order to draw attention to their attractiveness and thus counteract the shortage of skilled workers.

At this adventure show, renowned institutions will present exciting and challenging experiments on an area of more than 1,100 m2 to amaze, explore and discover. School classes with teachers and accompanying persons, as well as children and young people with their parents – everyone is welcome at tunBasel.

The radio amateurs will again be represented with two stands. Radio communication will be demonstrated live on a short-wave station and on a VHF/UHF station. The second activity is “soldering a drawer alarm”. Children will be allowed to take home the kits they assemble themselves. Monday to Friday are reserved for pre-registered school classes. On the weekend, families come with their children. In addition to youth work, we can also explain to many teachers and parents what “amateur radio” is.

USKA would like to thank all the actively participating USKA sections (HB9BS, FACB, HB9NFB) as well as all the other helpers.

Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC

Source USKA https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Switzerland

Listen to ARRL Audio News for May 13, 2022

The latest edition of ARRL Audio News podcast for May 13, 2022 is available for listening now. This week's edition includes an update for the upcoming Dayton Hamvention®, an announcement for the Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Exercise which be held on May 14, and much more.

ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio, along with interviews and other features. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere: on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go! Audio News is produced for ARRL by John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, ARRL News Editor.

ARRL Audio News is distributed through the podcast host Blubrry.com and the ARRL website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news. You can subscribe to the podcast via your IOS or Android mobile device using your favorite podcast app, or listen and download episodes direct from the Audio News page at Blubrry.

A beautiful sunny start to the day, looks like I might get the deck stained today. A few of us are meeting on May 29 for a portable ops day at nice hilltop location in Rockport. I need to get up there and shoot up a line in a few trees and leave them in place in advance to make things easy the day of activation. I have used the homebuilt pneumatic gun so many times I can't count the total...
Mobile App Available to Navigate 2022 Dayton Hamvention
Dayton Hamvention® is offering a free mobile app for smartphones and tablets to help attendees navigate the large-scale event, which runs May 20 – 22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The app, which was introduced in 2019, is offered in a collaborative effort with ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®.

The free ARRL Events app is now available and already includes Hamvention’s full program, so attendees can browse and schedule forums, find affiliated events, and preview the extensive list of exhibitors. During the event, attendees can use other app features to follow the hourly prize drawings populated by the Dayton Hamvention Prize Committee, and browse building and site maps.

Attendees are also encouraged to tap on the MyProfile icon in the app to add their name and call sign, email address, and any additional information they would like to share with other Hamvention guests. Additionally, the MyBadge icon displays a QR code of your event badge that can be scanned by another attendee or exhibitor using the Scan Badge icon – instantly connecting shared contact information with other hams at the event.

The app is available for Apple and Android smart devices, or access the web browser version which is optimized for nearly any browser or other type of mobile device. Visit your app store to download the app (search “ARRL Events”) or access the links available on the ARRL EXPO web page. If you’re reading this article on a mobile device, click here to be redirected to the appropriate app store, or redirected to the web browser version (www.tripbuildermedia.com/apps/arrl). Please email hamventionapp@arrl.org with any questions about the app.

Amateur Radio support for Ukraine Mother's Day event

WIA News reports tens of thousands of mothers and children have left their home without a father, heading to the safety of nearby countries and away from the war-zone.

Amateur Radio was suspended in Ukraine on February 24th, but now there is an allowance obtained to transmit amateur radio remotely, by using an Ukraine CEPT license as long as the RF emissions are not from the Ukrainian soil.

Well-known DXpeditioner Alex, UT5UY, went on the air on May 4th as EA4/UT5UY using a remote station in Madrid, Spain. Amateur Radio was also used Mother's day when Alex greeted his wife, Sasha and his 12 year old son Daniel, currently living in Finland.

This is in line with IARU's theme: "Never Alone", and showcasing the fact that Amateur Radio has an important role even during the world's most turbulent times.

World-Wide Digital Contest June 4-5

In this video Matthew K0LWC talks about the new World-Wide Digital Contest (WWDC) that will take place June 4-5

The ARRL has announced a new worldwide radio contest - the ARRL International Digital Contest. It will take place during the first full weekend in June every year and feature FT8 and FT4 digital modes. Yes, you heard that right. The Amateur Radio Relay League has created a contest for all the FT8 and FT4 digital fans across the world.

Is this a good thing for ham radio? I share my thoughts and give you all the details you need to know about the new radio sport contest!

==== FT-4 Recommended Sub-bands ====
50.330 to 50.340

==== FT-8 Recommended Sub-bands ====
3.590-3.600 (No Digital above 3600)
50.340 to 50.350

Watch ARRL World Wide Digital Contest | New Ham Radio Contest

Fogged in on Cape Ann this morning, but warm weather feels good....The lobster season may open today, it has been closed while right whales migrate- what bullshit for the coastal lobsterman. It costs them tens of thousands of dollars due to these unfounded regulations.....Congrats to this eight year old for getting his FCC Tech license....Make yourself a folding knife,,,

The Federal Communications Commission has sent notices to several property owners of alleged pirate radio activities on their properties. The letters from the Enforcement Bureau are headlined “Notice of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting.” They remind the owners that federal law now provides for fines of up to $2 million “if we determine that you have continued to permit any individual or entity to engage in pirate radio broadcasting from the property that you own or manage.” The bureau said its agents used direction finding techniques to source these FM signals. It mailed letters to Richard Manson for broadcasts on 103.5 MHz in Philadelphia in January; to Maria V. Hernandez of Kissimmee, Fla., for signals on 87.9 MHz in Hazleton, Pa., in January; to Edwin and Joyce Pitt of Baltimore, Md., for signals on 91.3 in February; and to Kent and Deanna Coppinger for signals on 100.5 MHz in La Grande, Ore., in March. The letters provide recipients 10 business days to show that they are “no longer permitting pirate radio broadcasting to occur at the property.” The commission also asked that the owners identify the individual(s) engaged in pirate radio broadcasting on the property. The FCC can find these guys but not the idiots on 7200?

IARUMS newsletter - Possible jammers operating in 7 and 14 MHz

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 newsletter reports on possible jammer stations transmitting with a bandwidth of 8 kHz in the 7 and 14 MHz amateur radio bands

Among the intruders operating regularly in our bands, radars were once again, in terms of number, duration and power of their em\\\\\\issions, the most damaging intrusions, as can be seen in the graph in the IARUMS database. Followed by FSK CIS-## type transmissions and other military modes, we also received some pirate emissions, mostly in the 10 m band, in addition to the annoying transmissions of several broadcasting stations in the 40 m band.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 April 2022 newsletter can be read at

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

Radio hams to show off skills during Field Day event

The Record-Courier reports radio amateurs will participate in a national amateur radio exercise over the weekend of June 25-26

The newspaper reports:

Hams from across North America participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.

The Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) will be taking part in the annual nationwide Field Day event with temporary emergency style set ups at the Freedom Township Community Park. There will be portable radio communication stations that include alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.

This year's event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane and tornado seasons are predicted.

“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said PCARS president Nick Wagner, AC8QG.
“Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others."

Read the full story at

Two students aged 10 and 11 get ham radio licenses

The El Defensor Chieftain reports two young Socorroans, Abby and Matthew, are newly licensed amateur radio operators, thanks to an afterschool program at Cottonwood Valley Charter School and their own hard work

The newspaper says:

Fifth-grader Matthew Price, 10, thought why not give becoming an operator a try since his whole family on his dad’s side are licensed.

“It also, it has a lot of electrical components and stuff, so if you choose to be an electrician, you get a little background knowledge on fuse schematics, a little bit of electrical knowledge,” said Price.

Price and 11-year-old Abby Cadol had to learn about ham radio rules and safety—grounds, fuse schematics, and how to avoid getting shocked. They also made their own antennas.

“I always thought walkie-talkies were pretty cool, so I was a little excited to learn that this is like a long-range walkie-talkie,” said Cadol.

The pair practiced answering questions every Tuesday after school with ham radio enthusiast Jon Spargo KC5NTW to prepare for their amateur operator license test. This is the thirteenth year for the ham radio group, which is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Fifth graders are welcome if they can handle some simple algebra.

“It’s a hobby, but unlike a lot of other hobbies, it’s a hobby with community service in mind,” said Spargo.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service has an agreement with Socorro County that when disaster hits, they will go to the county emergency operations center and help man the radios. A lot of hams belong to search and rescue groups, local hobbyists have helped with mock disaster exercises by helping the ambulance radio and law enforcement radio talk to the hospital, and they help out with the annual Striders and Riders triathlon. Ham radio operators communicate when the racecourse is clear and are ready to broadcast if there’s an emergency on the course.

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The current state of amateur radio

In this video Arthur DL2ART takes at look at the state of amateur radio in the United Kingdom and the countries of Europe

The video tells you:
• The total number of amateurs in each country
• Number of amateurs in relation to population
• Developments during the last 50 years in several countries
• The license classes in Europe
• The minimum and maximum power usable for each class
• The size of the question bank
• The number of questions in the exam that you must get correct
• How much you have to pay for the exam and 10 years of ham radio Taxes that are imposed by regulators in many cases annually
• The size of the national IARU organization

Bear in mind not all the information in the video is the latest. When attempting to cover so many countries it's inevitably difficult to keep everything up-to-date.

Some of the information given reflects what happened in the past and is no longer true, for example:
• DL2ART says UK has Practical Assessments prior to the exam, these were abolished in 2020.
• The number of UK amateurs appears very slightly exaggerated, On August 1, 2018, Ofcom reported 75,660 individuals held amateur licenses (potentially up to 3 licenses each). In the 4 years since then about 7,000 new people have got a Foundation license so the total would be around 82,500.
• He says French radio amateur have to pay an Exam Fee and Annual Taxes. The annual taxes were abolished in 2019 and the exam fee scrapped in 2021.

The video is in German, fortunately YouTube provide a good translation facility which makes it understandable. Click on the CC (Closed Captions) icon and the subtitles will appear then click on the Settings icon and select Auto-Translate and English.

Watch Amateurfunk in Europa Statistik 2022

Bouvet Island DXpedition news

On May 7th, Cezar, VE3LYC, did a presentation on the upcoming Bouvet Island DXpedition for 2023 at the 2022 CDXC (Chiltern DX Club; The UK DX Foundation) Convention, Loughborough, UK.

Cezar is one of the 12 operators going to Bouvet. The presentation is 45 minutes long and can be viewed on the YouTube.com Web page here:

Fox to pay $375 million for future sport broadcasting when he retires from football, it makes you feel like a piss hole in the snow when you look at what you earned over a lifetime.....My neighbor just bought a Rivian, an electric truck.  I got a test drive the other day. It was impressive to say the least, 0-60 in 3 seconds, this truck gets up and goes but it cost 70 grand!

Foundations of Amateur Radio

When should I go on air?

When you obtain your license there's a whole lot of learning to be had before you even get started with your first transmission, but when you get there you'll discover that learning has just begun and the rest of your life will be beset with challenges, quests, discovery and dawning understanding.

One of the early and recurring questions is around the best time to be on air. Before I get into the why, the answer is, right now.

This interminable question will continue to haunt you throughout your life, and the most pressing answer will be shaped around the missed opportunity. You'll discover tools that assist with predicting propagation, web-sites that explain what the various layers of the ionosphere do and how they affect your ability to use radio to make contact with other amateurs.

There's learned discussion around testing and tracking propagation, special modes that help create your own maps for your own station and you'll discover an endless supply of experts who will advise you when you should power up your transceiver and call CQ.

Whilst I've only been an amateur for a short time. In the decade to date I've learnt one thing about propagation. Despite all the tools, the discussion, the maps and forecasts, there is no substitute for actually getting on air and making noise. Over the past while I've been watching the propagation from my own shack using a 200 milliwatt beacon and I've discovered that running 24 hours a day, every day, well, almost every day, my signal gets to places far beyond my wildest dreams.

I have also discovered trends. That is, the average distance of the signal reports is increasing over time. This isn't a linear thing, not even a recurring thing, much like the ebb and flow of the tides, varying from day to day, a little bit at a time, inexorably making your shoes wet when you least expect it.

While to some extent we've tamed the prediction of the tides with complex and interrelated cycles, discovered by using Fourier transforms, we're no-where near achieving this level of sophistication for the ionosphere and its associated propagation.

Just like predicting a specific wave is still beyond the capabilities of a tide table, predicting the ability of a radio wave to make it from your antenna to that of another amateur is beyond any tool we have today.

Another way to look at predicting the complexity associated with the ionosphere is comparing it to weather forecasting. We have national forecasting bodies, with millions of sensors, super computing cycles that dwarf most other research, a global network of satellite sensors, roughly a quarter of which have some form of earth sensing capability, transmitting terrabytes of data every day and still we cannot determine where on Earth it's going to rain tomorrow.

The ionosphere, whilst it's being monitored, is not nearly as well resourced. It's not nearly as visible to the average person as the packing of an umbrella and the political perception of need is nowehere near as urgent as getting the weather right.

So, absent accurate forecasting, finding a better way to determine when to get on air is required. That said, I've discovered that regret is the biggest motivator to get on air. The day after a contest when a friend made a contact with an amazing station, or the lunch break where I didn't power the radio on to discover a random opening to a clamouring horde of calls looking to make contact.

So, my best advice to you is to get on air whenever you can. You might not make a contact every time, but you'll discover what the bands look like right now and you'll have the chance of hitting the jackpot with a rare contact and truth be told, I think your chances of making a contact are higher than winning the lottery.

When you do take that step, you'll start discovering the ebb and flow of the bands, discover the characteristic sound that each band makes and what a band sounds like when it's open and when it's not. You'll hear stations far and wide, discover that while there are trends in propagation, there are no rules. From one moment to the next, you'll discover the thrill of hearing something unexpected.

One thing to consider, if you get on air for the sole purpose to make contacts, you're likely going to be disappointed. It's like fishing. Most people don't get up at some crazy hour, sit on a damp jetty, freezing parts of their anatomy off for the sole purpose of catching fish.

So, get on air and make some noise, today.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

Communications test to be held on May 28

WX4NHC, the amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, will hold its annual communications test on Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC)

The ARRL report:

The event is designed to evaluate WX4NHC's amateur radio equipment and antennas at the headquarters in Florida, and to give operators an opportunity to evaluate their home equipment prior to this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1 and runs through November 30. This event allows ham radio operators worldwide to hone their amateur radio communications skills for times of severe weather.

Brief contacts will be available on many frequencies and modes, as well as the exchange of signal reports and basic weather data with any station in any location.

WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and Winlink at wx4nhc@winlink.org (subject must contain "//WL2K").

The Hurricane Watch Net 14.325 MHz frequency will be active for most of the test, as will 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation. Depending on man-made noise, the net may move to different frequencies, and participants can locate the net using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit website at www.dxsummit.fi

There will also be a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Hurricane Netfrom 4 - 5 PM EDT, or 2000 - 2100 UTC (IRLP Node 9219/EchoLinkWX-TALK Conference Node 7203).

WX4NHC will make a few contacts on local VHF and UHF repeaters, as well as on Florida's Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet).

QSL cards will be available via Julio Ripoll, WD4R.

For more information about WX4NHC, visit their website at http://www.wx4nhc.org/

125th anniversary of transmission over the sea

The BBC report on Marconi's first successful radio transmission of a message across open water made on May 13, 1897

The transmitter had been set up on Flat Holm island in the Bristol Channel on May 11. Initial attempts to receive a message in Lavernock failed but on May 13 the messgae "CAN YOU HEAR ME" was received loud and clear.

Read the BBC article at

The first sunquake of Solar Cycle 25

This week, the sun trembled. On May 10th, an X1.5-class solar flare produced the first sunquake of Solar Cycle 25. It was like an earthquake albeit orders of magnitude more powerful. See the movie on today's edition of Spaceweather.com.

Don't miss another solar flare:
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9 US schools moved forward in ARISS selection process

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is pleased to announce the schools/host organizations selected for the January-June 2023 window.

A total of 9 of the submitted proposals during the recent proposal windowhave been accepted to move forward in the processes of planning to host a scheduled amateur radio contact with crew on the ISS. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of study and career possibilities.

The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for the 9 US host organizations during the January-June 2023 time period. They are now at work completing an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS Technical Mentors, the final selected schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities offered by NASA.

The schools and host organizations are:

Brentwood Elementary School of Engineering   Raleigh, NC  
Cache County School District   Millville, UT  
Council Rock High School South   Holland, PA  
Fairview Elementary Olathe, KS
Lana’i High and Elementary School Lana’i City, HI
Montross Middle School Montross, VA
Norwich Free Academy Norwich, CT
Stone Magnet Middle School Melbourne, Fl
West Michigan Aviation Academy, High School Grand Rapids, MI

 About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and NASA’s Space communications and Navigation program.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio.

For more information, see www.ariss.org .

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN

Amateur Radio Newsline Report


NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week takes us to Japan where a report about a fatal tour boat accident says the operator may have made use of amateur radio illegally. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF takes up the story from here.

JIM: A Japanese tour boat that sank last month, killing 11 of the 26 people on board, was making use of amateur radio illegally as one of its main communications methods, according to a report in one of Japan's main daily newspapers. Japan's Radio Act forbids the use of amateur radio for profit-making purposes but according to a report on the Mainichi Shimbun news site, the Yazu I tour boat relied often on ham radio to communicate with the office, other tour operators and other ships.

The boat sank on April 23 off the Shiretoko Peninsula of Hokkaido in the northern Japanese waters. The news account said that it was believed that the captain of the boat was unable to get a signal on his mobile phone and the onboard satellite phone was broken. The news report said that another cellphone was used to summon help but did not identify who it belonged to.

The report did not say what kind of distress led to the boat's sinking, nor did it say whether anyone also used amateur radio that day to summon help.

Anyone found guilty of violation of the Radio Act faces a possibility of as much as one year in prison or a fine of 1 million yen, the equivalent of $7,700 in US currency.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Brazilian lawmakers have passed a tough new law limiting RF interference from solar panels. Jeremy Boot G4NJH brings us the details.

JEREMY: Brazil took an important step in the containment of solar panel RFI by adopting new regulations and requirements that took effect on the 2nd of May. The ordinance governs the generation, conditioning and storing of electricity in photovoltaic systems. The move by Brazil's National Institute of Metrology and Quality was hailed by amateur radio operators, including members of the Spectrum Management and Defense Group of The Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rádio Emissão or LABRE, the Brazilian national amateur group. The Brazilian organisation provided guidance and feedback to the national institute with the help of the electromagnetic compatibility coordinator of the IARU and the ARRL.

A statement in English translation on the LABRE website praises the new regulation which exceeds the language of its 2011 version by providing this kind of RFI protection for the first time. In translation into English, LABRE praised the measure, calling it [quote] "an effective advance in the protection of radiocommunications in Brazil against interference generated by photovoltaic systems." [endquote]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Newsline has lost a friend, a supporter and a colleague: Phil Thomas W8RMJ has become a Silent Key. Jack Parker W8ISH tells us about him.

JACK: Members of the Germantown Amateur Radio Society in Ohio learned of the death of Phil Thomas W8RMJ in an email from the club's president, Phyllis Moyer, KE8CPM. According to the note, Phil became a Silent Key on Thursday night, May 5th. Phil was known more widely in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area as the creator of Amateur News Weekly, a regional news report bringing local hams updates about amateur radio activities. Although he had put production of the newscast on hold recently because of health issues, he had hoped to restart the reports when his condition improved. Listeners to Amateur Radio Newsline were also familiar with Phil's voice: He was an occasional contributor to our weekly global newscast.

Phil was first licensed in 1980 and later took the callsign of his late father, Clem. Phil and wife Rilda, N8LJB, were licensed at the same time. Phil was a cofounder of the Germantown Amateur Radio Society and had been active in the MidCars Amateur Radio Service. The MidCars website lists him as one of the net's regular service control operators.

At the time of his death he had been looking forward to attending Hamvention later this month. Phil was 70 years old.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jack Parker W8ISH.


NEIL/ANCHOR: The next story brings a moment of pride to Newsline as we share that one of our own correspondents is among those receiving top honors in Australia. That story comes to us from John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN: Congratulations to Newsline's own Graham Kemp VK4BB for being awarded a Presidents Commendation at the recent Wireless Institute of Australia Annual General Meeting. Graham was honoured for his leadership with the news service group and for his anchor duties. Graham joins a group of other honorees, including Dale Hughes VK1DSH; and Peter Young, VK3MV, who were also recipients of the Presidents Commendation. Bevan Daniel, VK5BD, received the Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award for his production of the National News Service videos; Andrew Chapman, VK4QF, received the Chris Jones Award for his vital role in creating the crosslinked repeater network known as the SE Queensland Wide Area Network. Ian Jackson, VK3BUF, was given the Technical Excellence Award; Hayden Honeywood, VK7HH, received the Michael Owen Medal; and Grant Willis, VK5GR, was given the GA Taylor Award for various roles, including his involvement in the IARU on behalf of the WIA. The eight awards were announced on the 7th of May.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Speaking of awards, we are halfway through the month of May and the nomination deadline approaches for the Amateur Radio Newsline Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award. It's time to think about the next generation of radio operators and appreciate their skill and dedication. Perhaps one of them will be the next award recipient. Consider nominating an amateur radio operator 18 years of age or younger in the continental United States with talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio. Find application forms on our website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY" tab. Nominations close May 31st.


NEIL/ANCHOR: If you're heading to Hamvention in the company of some younger radio operators, this next story may be of interest to you. Stephen Kinford N8WB has the details.

STEPHEN: Younger radio amateurs visiting Hamvention will find a busy agenda at the Youth on the Air Booth in the Xenia Fairgrounds' Volta building. Booth 4304 will be welcoming young visitors by hosting mini-forums on Friday and Saturday in coordination with ARISS, HamSci, the Yasme Foundation and a number of other groups. There will also be social hours for young amateurs who stop by on Friday and Saturday at noon. These activities will take place in a small meeting area just behind the main booth. For more details, visit youthontheair dot org slash hamvention2022 (youthontheair.org/hamvention2022/

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in Germany, young students have already shown their enthusiasm for making even more contacts as we hear in this report from Ed Durrant DD5LP.

ED: Throughout Germany on Thursday, May the 5th, the amateur radio bands had school club callsigns and educational callsigns with the prefix of DN on-the-air for the 23rd annual European School Club Day. Students listened for stations calling QRZ throughout Europe. Some QSOs were also arranged in advance. The highlight for many students, including those in Berlin, was an enviable DX: Successful contacts were made with DPØGVN, the German Antarctic Research Station Neumeier III.

Florian Schmid, DL1FLO, who oversees education and youth work for the DARC, declared the day's activities a success and said other such events will follow.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Few things can touch history and relay its message better than amateur radio, especially across an ocean. Two groups of hams on opposite sides of the Atlantic plan to do just that, as we hear from Dave Parks WB8ODF.

DAVE: Amelia Earhart, the American pioneering aviator, crossed the Atlantic Ocean nonstop on May 20 and 21 in 1932, becoming the first female pilot to do so. On the 90th anniversary of that achievement, some radio waves will accomplish the same thing, coming from transmitters in Atchison, Kansas and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hams in Londonderry will activate the callsign GBØAEL between the 13th and 30th of May, celebrating the pioneering pilot whose single-engine plane touched down on the very field where they will be calling QRZ. Operators will be amateurs from the North West Group Amateur Radio Club, MNØNWG.

Meanwhile in Kansas – Earhart's hometown – operators Steve, KCØVYS, and Chuck, KBØTOT, will be on the air on May 20th and 21st at what is now the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport. Both stations will be offering commemorative certificates for hams who make successful contacts. Steve wrote on his QRZ page that the hams in Kansas will be using his callsign and promoting the Irish activation too.

The "AEL" in GBØAEL stands or "Amelia Earhart Legacy." Hams in the North West group have written [quote] "By making contact with GBØAEL, you will also be making history." [endquote]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Dave Parks WB8ODF.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Organizers in the UK are preparing for a summer camping festival they describe as [quote] "a temporary village of geeks, crafters and technology enthusiasts." [endquote] Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us what's going to happen - and when.

JEREMY: More than 2,000 people are expected this summer at Electromagnetic Field which will bring technology, scientific curiosity and a special event amateur radio station to Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire.

The volunteer-run, not-for-profit event is taking place between 2nd and 5th June and will include an Amateur Radio Village GX1EMF and AMSAT-UK Village GB4EMF. Campers will be able to arrive as early as the Thursday before in order to set up and they needn't take down their camp until the Monday following.

In addition to speakers and workshops on everyone's favourite tech topics, there will also be music and other entertainments. The event is held every two years although the 2020 field day was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ticket prices and other information is available at the website emfcamp dot org. That's emfcamp - one word - dot org.

Those attending only for the day are eligible for free admission.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



NEIL/ANCHOR: The Parks on the Air awards scheme has added three new categories for DX Hunters. Vance Martin N3VEM brings us that report.

VANCE: In Parks on the Air News, due to popular demand and a willing supply of sponsors, we have added 3 new DX Hunter Categories to the summer plaque event, to compliment the new DX Activator plaques. This brings the total number of plaques available to win up to 17. To have a shot at winning of these plaques, join the fun on July 16th and 17th. More details are available from the “Plaque Event” menu item at pota dot app. If you’re a ham that happens to be into free and open source social media platforms as an alternative to the offerings of the large corporate interests, we’re pleased to share that Parks on the Air and several of its volunteers now have a presence on the Fediverse. Look for us using the handle @parksontheair@mastodon.radio

This is November Three Victor Echo Mike.



In the world of DX, be listening for Gerben, PG5M, active as HBØ/PG5M from Liechtenstein until the 15th of May. Gerben is operating holiday style on various HF bands using CW only. QSL via PG5M or ClubLog's OQRS. For updates, follow the Twitter page of his home call.

Members of the Ecuador DX Club will operate special event station HD1E from Quito on Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th. The hams are celebrating Ecuador's Bicentennial Independence Day, which is on May 24th. They will be on all HF bands using all the usual modes. QSL via LoTW. A free commemorative diploma will be available for all successful contacts.

Other hams in Ecuador who are members of the HCDX Group have been using the callsign HD2ØØBP since May 1st from Quito (Special Event) and will continue until the end of May. They are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha. Look for them on the HF bands using SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via EC5R.

Be listening for Reiner, DL2AAZ, using the callsign TO2AZ from Basseterre Island, Guadeloupe, between May 27th and June 10th. Reiner will operate holiday style on 40 to 10 meters, including 30, 17 and 12 meters. He will be using CW and SSB. QSL to his home call.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Our final story this week reminds listeners how small amateur radio can make the world, especially in an emergency. Ed Durrant DD5LP explains.

ED: There's a great distance between the American South and the Azores, where Geir Tore Christiansen LA5ZO was with his sailboat in late April. The Norwegian amateur heard a ship's urgent transmission on 12 MHz digital selective on his DSC-equipped HF radio and quickly pinpointed its origin as the United States. Suddenly the vastness of geography became irrelevant. Geir has been a radio operator on merchant ships and oil rigs for much of his life and, as he told Newsline, responding to a radio distress call is simply something an operator does. Geir reached out to the United States Coast Guard via satellite phone. Meanwhile in the U.S., the Coast Guard received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the crew of that same ship off the coast of New Orleans, Louisiana. A crew member had gone missing and was reported overboard in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a Coast Guard press release and a report on the nola.com website, the Coast Guard sent out an urgent marine information broadcast and several units of the service began a search in the waters. Geir said he learned later that the man was successfully rescued. The Coast Guard could not confirm those details to Newsline but a report on Southgate Amateur Radio News said a heat-sensing camera located the man, who was wearing an inflatable vest for flotation. A helicopter rescue pulled him out of the water. No doubt the rescued man held fast to the lifeline as it was lowered into the water for him. The other lifeline - radio - was one he perhaps could not see but it was surely there as strong as ever.

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NEW ENGLAND HAMS K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3928 afternoons....just don't mention politics to him, please!
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses singl ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long
W1HHO- Cal...3941 group
K1MPM- Pete...3941 group
WA1JFX- Russell...3941 group .


Silent Key N1IOM- 3910 colorful regular
Silent Key WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Silent Key KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
Silent Key Neil -K1YPM .....a true gentleman
Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....